Caroline Dosky ’12 has been named a finalist for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. With only a few weeks to prepare, Dosky will spend her spring break in Boston, Mass. undergoing a day of interviews in the final part of the application process.
Providing up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public services fields, the Truman Foundation selects between 60 and 65 college juniors in a nationwide search to find and recognize students with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to a career in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service. The scholarship will provide students with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowships with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. Many Truman Scholars go on to earn Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.
“Students undergo a highly competitive application process, beginning at the campus level,” says Brandi Ferrara, Director of Career Services and Professional Development. Ferrara and Scott MacPhail, assistant director of health professions counseling and fellowship advising, and the rest of the staff at the Salisbury Center for Career Services have been instrumental in helping Dosky through the application process. “This year there were approximately 602 applications from 264 schools nationwide in total, which were narrowed down to a handful of finalists. Caroline was one of 5 who was selected in her home state of Connecticut.”
Dosky, a psychology and dance double major, has been a student leader on campus, spearheading the efforts of the Hope House as an advocate for cancer research and awareness, organizing such events as the Penguin Plunge, as well as serving as a student Trustee. After her senior year, Dosky will remain on campus as an MAT student, and hopes to use her knowledge of dance and the arts in her exploration of education, combining the two to increase student achievement. She was also selected to serve as a 2011 Orientation Coordinator.
Throughout the rigorous application and interview process, Dosky has looked to fellow HWS students for advice on how to stand out among the finalists. “I am so lucky that I have Amanda Ward ’11 and John Monaghan ’11, who were both finalists for the award last year, to look to for advice,” says Dosky. “My HWS education has prepared me well.”
As Dosky prepares for her interview in Boston on March 16, she remains grateful to be included in a group of such outstanding students. “It’s an honor to have even been selected,” says Dosky. “I could not have done it without my support staff of faculty, staff and friends at the Colleges.”